A Salmon Arm firefighter checks out the roof the building housing the RBC Royal Bank on Jan. 2, where a possible gas leak was being investigated. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

Update: Firefighters, Fortis don’t find gas leak in Salmon Arm bank

Firefighters respond to carbon monoxide alarm at Alexander Street RBC branch


Emergency personnel weren’t able to find a cause following an incident that forced the evacuation of about 15 employees at the RBC bank in Salmon Arm.

Deputy Fire Chief Gary Lebeter reports that neither firefighters nor Fortis BC crews were able to find raised levels of carbon monoxide in the bank building, despite warnings from carbon monoxide alarms Thursday morning, Jan. 2.

“It came in as a carbon monoxide alarm and we go in with our monitors.”

Lebeter added that crews don’t know why people were feeling nauseous and dizzy.

Initial story:

Firefighters are on scene at a bank in downtown Salmon Arm responding to what may be a gas leak.

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The fire trucks are in front of the RBC branch on Alexander Street. Reports from the scene indicate that an ambulance was called as a precaution after a few of the bank’s staff reported feeling dizzy. About 15 staff were quickly evacuated.

The fire department reported that carbon monoxide alarms were sounding.

Motorists should avoid Alexander Street as a firetruck and an ambulance are blocking the street, with a second firetruck across the intersection of Alexander and Hudson.

Firefighter Steven St. Denis told the Observer that FortisBC staff are inside the building checking the bank with their detectors.


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Emergency personnel block Alexander Street as a possible gas leak at the RBC bank is investigated on Jan. 2. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

Firefighters respond to a possible gas leak in downtown Salmon Arm on Thursday, Jan. 2. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

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